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Sanctum Reviews

October 7, 2011
Its downfall is its cliché-riddled and fusty script.
February 25, 2011
Despite the millions clearly poured into it, the film feels cheap and amateurish. See it on IMAX if you wish, but the flaws will only look bigger.
February 5, 2011
Sometimes the sets look like, well, Styrofoam. So do the actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
February 4, 2011
Stick that camera down an aquatic cave, wrap a paper-thin plot around it, slap the whole thing up on an IMAX screen and call it a movie. More truth in advertising: Call it a lame movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 4, 2011
After a sluggish half hour, this well-crafted adventure kicks into high gear and never lets up.
February 4, 2011
There's just water, water everywhere - and no one stops to think.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 4, 2011
Released over Super Bowl weekend, it makes perfect sense that Sanctum is horrid. What studio expects anyone to go to the theater on Sunday?
Full Review | Original Score: F
February 4, 2011
If you're able to think of characters as just air bubbles to get past, then dive in, the excitement's fine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 4, 2011
"Sanctum" is a movie that tries to make you feel that there's this cool thing going on that everybody knows about except you.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
February 4, 2011
"Sanctum" turns out to be as gripping as plankton.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 3, 2011
The director Alister Grierson, not grasping that bad dialogue is sometimes best delivered quietly, encourages his actors to shout and thrash about, and so they do, like fish out of water and performers out of their depth.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
February 3, 2011
Forget 127 Hours: "Sanctum" makes sawing off your own arm look like a minor penalty for the crime of spelunking while clueless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 3, 2011
Actually being stuck in a remote waterlogged grotto might be more tolerable than enduring this disaster of an adventure movie.
February 3, 2011
No film in recent memory has been so strenuously at war with itself, although for me, a self-confessed sucker for the IMAX brand of eye candy, the images narrowly-as well as widely-carry the day.
February 3, 2011
For much of the film, and despite groan-worthy dialogue that often takes you right out of the picture, you'll likely be holding your breath in genuine suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 3, 2011
If not for the by-the-numbers script, a slim collection of underdeveloped characters and generally flat acting, the film could have had a real punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 3, 2011
With ace underwater photography and scuba-diving stunt doubles, Sanctum doesn't stint on action.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 3, 2011
What we get are three-dimensional caves and two-dimensional characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 3, 2011
The action scenes are sometimes horrifying enough to make you gasp aloud. If only the rest of the film were similarly breathtaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 3, 2011
While Sanctum is frustratingly familiar, it's easy to get caught up in the action.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 3, 2011
There's no real story here, just a series of gruesome yet weirdly casual deaths, taking place in what looks like the inside of a very big stomach.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 3, 2011
A horror movie without a visible monster, a deep dive into shallow characters who bray at one another in a harsh English-based dialect I'm told is Australian.
February 3, 2011
The rambling, staggering story line toggles clumsily between depictions of natural disasters and human error and/or treachery without ever hitting anything like a stride...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 3, 2011
There's something about an effective "man versus nature" film that gets the blood pumping.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 3, 2011
A lean, clear-headed 3-D thriller that knows exactly where it's headed from the moment its adrenaline junkie explorers dive into the world's biggest cave in Papua New Guinea.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 3, 2011
Here and there an image of spectral beauty, assisted by the 3-D technology, floats into view and captures our imagination. But the script, which really should've been called "Sanctimonium," has a serious case of the bends.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 3, 2011
When it isn't killing off its characters one by one during a cave-diving expedition gone wrong, "Sanctum" resembles a Hemingway short story without the story part. Or an episode of "Flipper" without the dolphin.
February 3, 2011
"Sanctum" tells the story of a terrifying adventure in an incompetent way.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 2, 2011
Even the added visual dimension, thankfully used more for spatial recognition than splashing at us, can't compensate for impersonalized characters stuck under rocks. 127 Hours this ain't.
February 2, 2011
In scuba gear, no one can hear you scream
Read More | Original Score: C+
February 2, 2011
There's plenty of atmosphere and awe, even if it's in the service of a story that starts rote and finds its sea legs only when half the divers have sunk their bones to Davy Jones.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 2, 2011
Soggy theatrics render this gorgeously-shot underwater 3D excursion more shrill than thrilling.
February 2, 2011
Really bad acting set against often-stunning cave-wall backdrops and underwater action sequences. Naturally, James Cameron is the executive producer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 2, 2011
A subterranean survival epic that expertly tightens the screws even as one wishes it would keep a tighter mouth-clamp on its increasingly whiny characters.
February 2, 2011
Predictable. But the chills and thrills work, and it is gorgeous to look at.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 2, 2011
Even in this dim light, one can see every plot development coming a mile off.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5